Cut Line The Full Cheese Steak

By Rex HoggardJuly 3, 2010, 2:54 am

2010 AT&T NationalNEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – The good news? A “designated tournament” policy may be coming to the PGA Tour. The bad? AT&T National may be a prime candidate for designation next year.

From some Tour types setting back brotherly love 20 years to the classic lines of Aronimink Golf Club turning back the clock on timeless perfection, “Cut Line” covers and critiques the circuit’s return to Philly.

Made Cut

Fast play. On Thursday Joe Ogilvie teed off in the morning’s first group, rounded Aronimink in just over four hours and signed for a 66, proving once and for all that you can play well and fast.

After his round Ogilvie was asked that since golf is a game of honor and players call penalties on themselves – and their playing partners, on occasion – why isn’t the habitual violation of the circuit’s pace-of-play policy ever self-enforced?

“In golf if we did that you could make an argument, wow, that was a little dodgy there, although it would be really fun,” Ogilvie said. “It would have to be on HBO because I don't know if it would be for the kids’ ears.”

The classics. It is a curious reality that most nostalgia is misplaced. The old Boston Garden was cramped and dingy, a ’62 Ford Mustang is loud and uncomfortable and the 1927 Yankees were . . . well they were pretty good.

In golf, however, old never seems to fall out of fashion. This week’s stop at Aronimink just outside Philly is example No. 943 why classic venues are almost always the best venues.

“It could host a major right now,” David Toms said. “They’d probably need to take the grandstands around 18 up another three or four stories, but it’s very good.”

And, for the record, traffic along Newtown Road is not very good, but it’s an expressway compared to the parking lots that were 17 Mile Drive last month and the Long Island Expressway last year.

Tweet of the Week (Posted: June 21): @ianjamespoulter “Laying in bed can’t sleep. U.S. Open does that to you, great week but is very mentally disturbing. It’s like chopping your fingers off 1 by 1.”

Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

Designated tournaments. The proposal, which is aimed at improving the strength of historically weak fields by requiring top players add a wanting event to their schedules, got a nod from Tour commissioner Tim Finchem on Wednesday and players seem largely supportive of the measure.

Of course, the fact top players must be mandated into doing what’s right for the Tour leaves “Cut Line” flummoxed.

“That’s what I tried to do, that’s what Arnold (Palmer) and Gary (Player) tried to do,” Jack Nicklaus recently said. “I’d say guys I’m going to go play such and such a tournament, I haven’t played there in a while. I’d try to pick one or two tournaments I hadn’t played in and tried to get there. I did it because I thought it was the right thing to do.”

A Tour that prides itself on self-policing should add two just for having to be told.

Missed Cut

Cold hearts. Have to admit, as we watched Sunday’s happenings unfold at TPC River Highlands last week we saw Bubba Watson’s waterworks coming from the outset of the playoff.

Watson is more emotional than one would think a guy named “Bubba” could pull off, but it’s genuine and refreshing for a game that values stoicism and conformity. All of which made the talk-show backlash that followed Watson’s emotional first victory that much more curious.

If a guy who sports pink golf shafts and an emotional hair-trigger is the most compelling topic the talking heads can come up with, they need more focus . . . or a hug.

Inexcusable absences. There is a disconnect between what Tour players say and what they do. A tournament’s golf course are the Nos. 1 and 1A deciding factors on whether they will play said event.

That was until Woods set up shop on the Fourth of July weekend. Woods gave the frat brothers Congressional and Aronimink, a huge purse and plenty of pork and in return the world No. 1 got three of the top 20 players in World Ranking this week.

Blame it on a tough spot on the calendar between two majors, the holiday weekend or the annual European exodus this time of year. Or, just blame it on short-term memories. Players don’t miss Nicklaus’ Memorial or Palmer’s Bay Hill out of respect for what the legends did for the game. Has Woods’ impact on the professional game been any less profound?

“Players are going to have to realize they need to be here,” said one Tour player. “Tiger paid for most of these guy’s second homes.”

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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